COVID-19: Spread to 81 Nations, 41 New Deaths in Italy..& more

Source: People's Daily, Xinhua, China Daily, Global Times, CBS, Aljazeera, iFeng, Baidu, Global News Agencies, Majdi

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South Africa becomes 81st nation with confirmed coronavirus

South Africa's Health Minister confirmed the country's first case of the new coronavirus on Thursday, making it the 81st nation with the disease.  

41 New Deaths in Italy, Total 148

Italy reports 41 new coronavirus deaths, bringing toll to 148

Italy has reported 41 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, its highest single-day total to date, bringing the number of fatalities in Europe's most affected country to 148.

Very few people are seen in the area surrounding the Colosseum, which would usually be full of tourists, in Rome [Remo Casilli/Reuters]

First death in UK

The UK has recorded its first death in the new coronavirus outbreak, England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty said. 

"I am very sorry to report a patient in England who tested positive for COVID-19 has sadly died," he said in a statement, according to AFP news agency, adding the patient at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, west of London, was elderly and had "underlying health conditions".

US Congress passes $8.3bn emergency funding for coronavirus fight

The US Congress has passed an $8.3bn emergency spending bill to address the coronavirus crisis as infections spread to at least 14 states and deaths reached 11.

3 More Deaths in France, Total 7

Three more people have died from coronavirus infection in France on Thursday, taking the total to seven, while the number of confirmed infections rose by 138 to 423, a health official said.

A total of 23 people are in a very serious condition, health agency director Jerome Salomon said at a daily briefing about the virus.

 [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

Paris marathon postponed due to coronavirus

The Paris marathon has been postponed from April 5 to October 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak, organisers said on Thursday.

Coronavirus shuts school attended by Swedish royals

An exclusive private school in Stockholm, which counts Swedish royalty among its pupils, closed on Thursday after a student tested positive for the coronavirus, the royal court said.

Thailand Announces Compulsory Quarantine for Some Locations

The Thai government has announced new compulsory quarantine measure for arrivals from four countries and two territories in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. These are: South Korea, China, Macao, Hong Kong, Italy and Iran. 

Rugby: Italy vs. England Six Nation Games, Postponed

England's final Six Nations matches against Italy in Rome next week has been postponed amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak, tournament organisers have said. 

Netherlands braces for return of 900 students from Italian alps

Dutch health authorities said they were scrambling to put together a plan for the return of a group of about 900 students from a skiing trip in the north of Italy.

The trip by the youngsters, mostly in their early 20s, to the heart of Europe's worst coronavirus outbreak has stoked fears of a wider spread of the virus in the Netherlands, where the number of confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday stood at 38.

Egypt reports first case in an Egyptian national

Egypt recorded the first coronavirus case in an Egyptian national who had returned from Serbia via France, a joint statement from the health ministry and the World Health Organization said.

Formal proposal to postpone matches shared: FIFA

FIFA shared a formal proposal to postpone upcoming matches in the Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers with relevant member associations.

"For both FIFA and the AFC, the well-being and health of all individuals involved in football matches remains the highest priority," FIFA's statement read, adding that it will provide an update in the coming days following consultation with AFC member associations.

WHO calls on all nations to pull out all the stops to fight outbreak

The World Health Organization called on all nations to pull out all the stops to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus as it continues to spread outside of China.

This epidemic can be pushed back but only with a coordinated and comprehensive approach that engages the entire machinery of government, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agencys headquarters in Geneva. Were calling on every country to act with speed, scale and clear-minded determination.

Building in Xi'an Quarantined

According to Global Times, residents of a building in Xi'an, NW China's Shaanxi Province have been quarantined for two weeks since Thursday after a recovered COVID-19 patient living in the building became positive with the novel coronavirus again.

Japan Travel Restrictions

Japan plans to enforce travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic by invalidating visas issued in China and South Korea and mandating a two-week quarantine for visitors from the two countries. The restriction is also imposed on visitors from some parts of Ir

Imported Cases in Shanghai and Zhejiang

Zhejiang reported 2 new imported cases of COVID-19 from Italy, on Wed; Shanghai reported 1 from Iran, on Thur. 

Northwest China's Gansu Province on Thursday reported 11 new infections of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from abroad, bringing the total cases in the area to 102, said the local health commission.

UK airline Flybe collapses as virus hits flights worldwide

[CGTN] One of UK's biggest airlines, Flybe, collapsed Thursday with all its flights grounded, the company said, as the coronavirus epidemic takes a heavy toll on airlines around the world. 

A statement on Flybe's website said the company had entered administration and could not arrange alternative flights for its passengers. 

"All flights have been grounded and the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect," said the airline, which avoided going bust in January only after being granted a tax holiday by the UK government. 

Virus Could Attack Central Nervous System

Beijing Ditan Hospital warns novel coronavirus could attack central nervous system

A doctor in Beijing Ditan Hospital, has warned the novel coronavirus could attack the central nervous system as gene sequencing at the hospital found coronavirus in the cerebrospinal fluid of a 56-year-old confirmed COVID-19 patient with encephalitis.

20.3 Tons of Wildlife Products Seized

The Chinese General Administration of Customs Thursday launched a special campaign to crack down on wildlife smuggling, and seized 20.3 tons of wildlife products such as gecko, a second-class national protected animal.

Jiangsu Woman Used Microwave to Disinfect Banknotes

A woman in Jiangsu province used a microwave to sterilize the banknotes, causing it to burn. 

According to the requirements of the people's Bank of China, the cash collected from key epidemicwill be first disinfected and then stored for 14 days, before it can be released to the market; while cash collected from non key epidemic areas get stored (quarantined) for 7 days, theres no need to disinfect the banknotes collected from the banks.

Wuhan Nurse Donates Plasma Twice

Cai Taoying, a nurse from Hankou hospital in Wuhan, has donated plasma twice since she was discharged from hospital. As of March 4, there have been 10 "two-times" donors in Wuhan. 

If you are an expat who donated plasma; please share your story with us. If you have recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating your plasma and consult with the nearby hospital to help save more lives. 


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